Miami Law's faculty and administration look forward to welcoming you as a new member of our law school. We are excited to have you join our community. Your Orientation serves as an introduction to your classmates, faculty and other members of the Miami Law family.
The Legal Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Orientation is designed to introduce you to everything Miami Law has to offer, including our world-class educational programs, our law school culture, and our alumni and community connections.
All Orientation events are mandatory unless otherwise indicated.
Monday, July 8th
Alumni Reception for Admitted Students
5:30 p.m. Registration, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Holland & Knight, 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3300, Miami, FL 33131.
Business attire. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.
Click here to register.
Join Miami Law alumni for a reception in your honor to recognize and celebrate your entry into the Class of 2022. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet many of your new classmates and our accomplished, influential, and supportive alumni. Hosted by Tiffani Lee, JD '97, outstanding alumnus and partner at Holland & Knight.
Wednesday, July 31st – Monday, August 5th
Information Technology Set-Up
Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required. Room F108 unless otherwise noted.
In these sessions, our Information Technology team will show you how to get connected to our “SecureCanes” wireless network, and set up your email account so that you are prepared for the first day of classes. Bring your laptop!
Wednesday, July 31: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 1 (two sessions): 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 2: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Monday, August 5 (two sessions): 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (*Room F209)
How to Read a Case: Demystifying Legal Opinions
Presented by Legal Communication and Research Skills (LComm) faculty
MANDATORY - Sign up for one session when you register for Orientation. Room F108 unless otherwise noted.
Click here to view the required reading materials.
Reading a judicial opinion for the first time often raises more questions than answers. What do the different sections mean? Why are various numbers scattered throughout the opinion? Which legal authorities informed the court’s decision? How can I find those authorities? Which courts will be bound by this opinion?
Wednesday, July 31: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 1 (two sessions): 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 2: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, August 5 (two sessions): 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (*Rooms F108 and F209, depending on room assignment)
Law Library Tour
After your “How to Read a Case” session (unless otherwise noted below), come take a tour of the Law Library with one of our knowledgeable Reference Librarians and learn about the many ways in which the Law Library and its team of lawyer-librarians can help you succeed in law school.
Wednesday, July 31: 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 1: 3:00 p.m. (*after IT Set-Up session) and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 2: 12:00 p.m.
Monday, August 5: 3:00 p.m.
Please contact Reference & Instructional Services Librarian Nicholas Mignanelli with any questions at email@example.com.
Monday, August 5th
New and Returning Students Meet-Up
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Yard House at Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Casual Attire. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.
Mingle with new and returning Miami Law students before the semester begins! Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.
Wednesday, August 7th
HOPE Day of Service
Campus Services on the Bass Bricks
Thursday, August 8th
Legal Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Orientation Programming
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Cane ID representatives on site in Room A216B
Friday, August 9th
Legal Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Programming, Continued
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Faculty Living Law Talks
Student Bar Association Social
Law Parents and Partners Welcome Reception
Sunday, August 11th
Dean’s Welcome Brunch
Click here to view the 1L Checklist, which contains important reminders and tasks to be completed prior to the first day of classes.
Memo Monday Newsletter
Click here to view the all #MemoMonday newsletters, which contain important reminders and fun facts about the U!
LComm Reading Materials
Click here to view the reading materials for the mandatory LComm (Legal Communication and Research Skills) program which will cover crucial information on the topic, “How to Read a Case: Demystifying Legal Opinions & Access to Legal Information.”
Introduction to Study of Law Videos
1. A Dramatically Oversimplified
2. The American
3. The Common Law
4. Overview of the 1L Curriculum